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Russia: Turkey consents to receive cruise ships entering Crimean ports
13:15, 21 December 2016
Russia: Turkey consents to receive cruise ships entering Crimean ports

The decision was made despite European Union’s sanctions that restrict the entry of vessels to the harbor of the occupied Crimea

13:15, 21 December 2016

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Turkey has agreed to receive cruise ships that will also enter the ports of the occupied Crimea and the Caucasus in Istanbul port, the Deputy Transport Minister of Russian Federation Viktor Olersky announced, reports Interfax.

"We have been negotiating with the Turkish authorities. At first we received refusal, because the ships were to enter Crimean ports. But then we got a positive answer, it was recorded,"Olersky said.

Related: U.S. extend sanctions against Russia due to annexation of Crimea

Russian cruise ships will ply the route to the Black Sea from the holiday season of 2017, according to him.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine will judge Syrian captain for entering occupied Crimea ports. The prosecutors have already arrested the ship.

Related: Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in Ankara

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